Er…Did I Say Tuesday? — September 19, 2012

Er…Did I Say Tuesday?

Because apparently I meant Wednesday. Yeesh.

Life is crazy, as it always is. But I’m making steady progress.

A few weeks ago I sat down and looked at the queue of writing projects sitting in my head, waiting to be written.

There are a lot of them. I definitely had a quake-in-my-boots moment over that. So I sat down and laid out a whole bunch of self-imposed deadlines for all those projects.

It’s a bit insane, let me tell you.

But so far, I’ve met my deadlines. Which is really just one deadline.

I have a deadline this Saturday for my line edits and such on Woven but I’m not so certain I’ll be able to make that.

My next deadline is for Curse of Life draft 1 and that’s the last day of September. I might make it if I really push but I might miss it.

I have all sorts of other deadlines interspersed throughout and will at one point soon, I hope, have a manuscript in the query stage, one in the revision stage, one in the drafting stage, and one in development/research stage.

Also, if I make all my deadlines I’ll have something ready to start working on when NaNo comes around. It’ll be my first time participating in this and I am really looking forward to the prospect.

Update Tuesday 7/8-7/14 — July 17, 2012

Update Tuesday 7/8-7/14

Well, last week was an up-and-down kind of week for me. (I know that comes as no surprise to any of you.)

First off, I 4,454 words on HotG. (That includes losing 70 words as I attempted to switch the story from first person, present tense to third person, past tense.)

Then on Wednesday or Thursday (I’m not certain when the decision became final), I decided to shelve the book entirely. The story is not working and it was such a slog to get through my goals every day.

I’m not kidding you. I’d allot myself three hours in the mornings to get progress toward my daily goals. In that time I’d write a few hundred painful words. Sometimes I’d manage to get those word count goals, but it often meant I’d be writing late at night before bed as well to get there.

I realized that HotG was not me at all. HotG is a YA contemporary, aimed at the older end of the YA spectrum, that involved a lot of historical stuff and a lot of places I’m not familiar with. I struggled to connect to the story at all. If I’m not connecting how can I expect others to?

So I made a switch. I retreated back to my world of YA fantasy. Only this time I have opened up an old project. Some of you might remember the story I wrote, “Clockworks and Cogs” which I then attempted to turn into a novel. I’ve picked that back up, only this time intending the story to be a novella. I was already about 16K-17K into the story when I opened up the old manuscript.

I’ve renamed it. The story is now titled “Dragon’s Steam.” It’s the first of a series of novellas set in this world I created for it. Sure there’ll be a lot of revisions, but already the story is going so much better. I love this story.

Last week I managed to add 2,171 words to DS. Which, considering all the angst and torment I was going through in my struggles with HotG and taking the weekend off, is pretty good I think.

How are your WiPs going?

Update Tuesday 7/1-7/7 — July 10, 2012

Update Tuesday 7/1-7/7

Another week gone. Before we know it we’ll be on the downward slide toward winter.

Oh wait, we already are. Stupid summer solstice. (I kid, I kid.)

Anyways. While we’re dying of heat here in Utah (seriously, it’s going to be 100+ the next three days), I am camped out in the basement where I still need socks on my feet.

What have I been doing while camping out in the basement?

Writing of course. (And Twittering, and Pinterest, and a lot of solitaire.)

I’ve been working like a madwoman on HotG. My goal is to have this book first drafted by the end of July. And not to brag but if I can maintain the mad pace I’ve set for myself, I’ll totally be there.

This book is a departure for me in so many ways. I started out writing it in third person past tense but about a paragraph into it I switched that over to first person past tense.

Then just over 5K into it, I switched that all over to first person present tense. And I’ve continued to write in that combination the entire week. I’m not sold on it. More times than not I set aside books that are written in first person present tense. The main reason I do so is that I’m not connecting to the character or story. But I do feel like the POV and tense combination is a contributing factor to that.

I digress.

In the date range in this post title I’ve written 12,152 words on HotG. I ended the week slightly behind. I should have ended at an even 12,500 minimum word count to be truly on track for completion at the end of the month. But Saturdays are nearly impossible when it comes to writing.

How are your WiPs going?

Update Tuesday: 6/24-6/30 — July 3, 2012

Update Tuesday: 6/24-6/30

Wow. Where did the first half of the year go? I can’t believe it’s already July.

Let’s see. Woven is off to betas. Thank you so much to all those who offered. If I didn’t take you up on the offer, don’t despair. I may still need you a couple drafts from now.

While Woven is away for summer camp, I’ve been feverishly working on research for Jason McDaniels and the Hammer of the Gods. (That’s a mouthful so it will now be HOG for purposes of brevity.) I know I’ve been venting my research woes here on the blog. Thank you for putting up with that. I promise my blog posts will become more random instead of being stuck on Pete and Repeat.

I finished most of the research I needed to do. Enough that I could actually sit down on Saturday and plot out the entire book. This is going to be an adventure novel. I’m aiming for around 60-65K for word count. It’s YA, but a bit on the older end of the YA spectrum. I’m aiming to have it finished or mostly finished by the end of the month. It’s a tall order but I think I can fill it.

How are your WiPs going?

Update Tuesday 6/17-6/23 — June 26, 2012

Update Tuesday 6/17-6/23

Oh, what a difference a week makes.

I finished my revision outline for Woven. Which means that as soon as I find betas and they’ve read and returned the manuscript I’ll be all set for revisions. These outlines are tedious to create but so helpful for my overly-analytical brain when working on revisions. I think I need to add a few thousand words to the manuscript still. I have a small idea for another sub-plot to weave into the story. Breaking down the story in the revision outline will totally help me weave that new sub-plot in seamlessly.

Speaking of betas, I’m still looking for two. This is the worst part of this process for me, begging for readers. So please put me out of my misery.  Pretty please. *puppy dog eyes* (If you beta for me I’ll gladly return the favor in the future.)

As for Jason McDaniels and the Hammer of the Gods (mouthful, I know), I’m still elbows-deep in research. And sadly the more I research, the less desire and motivation I have to plot and write the book. Yet it’s an idea (the idea for the book) which will not go away. I’ve set it aside several times in the years since it first came to me. And every time it inevitably knocks on the door of my imagination again.

How are your WiPs going?

Also, don’t forget to check last Friday’s post to see if you won a prize in my 500 posts giveaway. I’m still waiting to hear from two of the winners.

Update Tuesday 6/10-6/16 — June 19, 2012

Update Tuesday 6/10-6/16

I got a little research done this week for the adventure novel. (More on that on Thursday. Exciting!)

But that was it.

I am struggling right now to overcome the feelings of failure and inadequacy that stem from my lack of productivity the last couple of weeks. I’m in this cycle where I don’t work on writing so I feel guilty and then the guilt weighs on me until I go watch TV or Netflix to drown out the guilt.

Yeah. It makes no sense. But it is what it is.

Also, I’m in need of a couple of beta readers. Preferably ones who are at least semi-interested in YA, fantasy, fairy tales, or any combination of the three. I only need two readers at the moment as more voices than that on a single draft makes me sort of shut down when it comes to incorporating the feedback into the next draft. Let me know in the comments if you’re willing.

Also, none of the winners in my giveaway have yet to acknowledge they’ve seen that they are winners. I’ll re-draw at the end of the week (Friday morning) for whatever prizes have not been acknowledged. You can acknowledge via e-mail at novicewriteranonymous (at) gmail (dot) com or in the comments on either the announcement post (just before this one on the blog) or on this post.

How are your WiPs going?

Update Tuesday and Winners! — June 12, 2012

Update Tuesday and Winners!

Um, yeah. I haven’t done anything since my last update. I haven’t written anything. I haven’t researched anything. I haven’t revised anything.

What was I doing instead? Watching Netflix, breaking in a new puppy, working full days while a coworker is on vacation, and basically avoiding the elephant in the room.

Anyways. On to the winners!

3rd Prize of a partial (50 page) beta critique is Kayeleen Hamblin!

2nd Prize #1 of a full manuscript beta critique and $10 gift card is: Amy McBay!

2nd Prize #2 of a full manuscript beta critique and $10 gift card is: Angie Lofthouse!

And the grand prize winner, a package of four books and a full manuscript beta critique is: MJ Fifield!

The critiques are good for any time in the calendar year so don’t feel any pressure to get it to me right away. Send it when the manuscript is ready for critique.

MJ, email me your mailing address so I can order the books. My email is novicewriteranonymous (at) gmail (dot) com.

For the gift cards, send me the email you’d like them sent to (or physical address) and the preferred outlet (Amazon, B&N, or iTunes) to the above email address.

Update Tuesday 4/8-4/14 — April 17, 2012

Update Tuesday 4/8-4/14

Um, not really sure how much I got accomplished. I’ve been super horrible at keeping track of all that.

I’m still working on my read-through of Woven in preparation of another round of revisions on that manuscript.

While I’m working on that I’ve put the other story on hold so I can focus on revisions.  I’ll get back to writing it eventually, but I may switch to something a little different instead.

How are your WiPs going?

Update Tuesday 3/11-4/7 — April 10, 2012

Update Tuesday 3/11-4/7

Wow. Sorry friends. I’m still trying to figure out exactly what direction I want to take this blog.  I don’t want to not blog, but I’m not sure continuing to blog exclusively about writing is the best course of action.

Well, in the last almost month since I last posted I’ve gotten a lot and not a lot done.

Woven is still in let-it-sit mode waiting for me to start a start-to-finish read-through while leaving notes in the margins for me to actually address in revisions.

The untitled WiP that’s set in the same universe as Woven is nearly three chapters long now.  I’m enjoying this story.  It’s a change for me.  This one is written in first-person POV.  We’ll see how successful it is when I get through revisions and this gets read by betas.  If it gets to that point.

I am questioning the logic in starting a book that is concurrent to the last book in a trilogy which hasn’t sold yet (and is nowhere near that point), but they do stand on their own.

I’ve also plotted four novellas and plan on doing so for two more.  These novellas follow some secondary characters from Woven and occur after the close of that trilogy.  So while I’m plotting them out, I probably won’t write them for a very long time, if I ever get to at all.

How are your WiPs going?

Update Tuesday 3/4-3/10 — March 13, 2012

Update Tuesday 3/4-3/10

How is it almost halfway through March?  Seriously?

I’ve been busy working away on Woven lately.  I finally broke through the roadblocks that I’ve talked about before.  And I finished the latest draft of the story.  I’m letting it sit for a while before I jump into the next draft and I’m sitting here kind of dying to get back to it.  But I’m holding off.
While that draft sits, I’m working on a new story right now.  This one is set in the same universe as Woven but in a different realm.  This one has dragons and genies and curses.  It’s going to be fun.  But it’s also a really different beast as far as development.  I already have so much of the world created it’s just a matter of fleshing out this portion of it and putting together the characters and plot.  But it’s surprising how much there actually is to do despite having done all the world-building already.
How are your WiPs going?